Deutzia gracilis - Slender Deutzia
Family: Hydrangeaceae

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Deutzia gracilis is a compact shrub with showy white flowers in May and fine texture in foliage or when bare.

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  form2 form Form

-small shrub

-2' tall x 3' wide

-spreading oval (with the oval on its side), sometimes irregular

-slow rate

foliage2 foliage Foliage

-opposite, medium green



-serrations raised above the plane of the leaves

-slightly rough on the upper leaf surface

-short petiole

-autumn color yellowish green to orange-red, ineffective



-early May

-erect 3" inflorescences of about 5 flowers each

-effective for 2 weeks

-rather showy


-small green-brown capsule



-exfoliating tan to gray

-buds brown-gray to silver but small

trunk Trunk

-not applicable

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-full sun to partial shade

-adaptable to soils pHs, drought, and pruning

-should remove one-third of the stems every year after flowering for invigoration, or prune to the ground every third year after flowering

-every spring it needs to have dead stems removed due to winter dieback


-Zones 4 to 8


-Native to Japan

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-good spring flowers effective for up to 2 weeks

-fine texture in foliage or when bare

-compact habit


-poor autumn color

-terminal branch winter dieback

-needs full sun for best flowers

-looks ragged in winter

-slow growth


-borders, facers, foundations, and mass plantings


-fine texture in foliage and when bare

-average density in foliage but thick when bare

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Varieties and Cultivars - Search OSU PlantFacts for additional plants in this species


-compact shrubs with attractive flowers (Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird', Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet', Rhododendron [mostly Azaleas], Viburnum plicatum 'Newport' ['Nanum Newport'], etc.)

-fine-textured small shrubs (Forsythia viridissima 'Bronxensis', Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star', Picea abies 'Pumila', Spiraea x bumalda, etc.)

-facer shrubs (Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea 'Crimson Pygmy', Cotoneaster apiculatus, Philadelphus 'Miniature Snowflake', Picea abies 'Nidiformis', Viburnum opulus 'Nanum', etc.)


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